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Lorenzana wants more intel money to buy new spy gear, including more drones

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The Department of National Defense (DND) plans to seek additional funding from Congress to further beef up the military’s various intelligence networks, DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said late Thursday.

Lorenzana , however, declined to give more details.

“We are trying to get the exact figure (because) we would like to acquire (these) equipment for our intelligence gathering,” Lorenzana said in Filipino.

These include long-range drones that could fly day-and-night missions and facial recognition devices .

The DND chief will face the House of Representatives within the month for the annual budget hearing. The defense department’s budget for 2016 is P126.64 billion.

While the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received two intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Cessna 208Bs from the US, the DND chief said more similar equipment were needed to further beef up the country’s intel capabilities.

Also, the additional funds will allow the Armed Forces to further develop its human intelligence assets in the ground, allowing ground units to detect and neutralize various threat groups. (PNA)